Immigration regulations change or are modified periodically. Please keep in touch with International Student and Scholar Services at the Center for International Education for up-to-date information.

Visa Options at Central

F-1 Students

J-1 Students

J-1 Scholars

H-1B Temporary Workers

Visa Chart

Visa TypeDescriptionStudy RequirementsEmployment Restrictions
F-1Student Visa

Maintain full-time study.

Part-time study only with approval from CIE.

On Campus: Work 20 hours during the semester, 40 hours during vacation.

May participate in CPT (Full time or part time). Authorization is required.

May participate in OPT during or after end of program-apply through USCIS-EAD card required.

Severe Economic Hardship-apply through USCIS-EAD Card required.

F-2F-1 DependentSpouse: Can study part time in any certified program; full time in a vocational or recreational studies, such as hobbies are permitted.Not permitted to work.
J-1Exchange StudentMaintain full-time study.

Work 20 hours during the semester, 40 hours during vacation.

May participate in off campus work-Academic Training. Authorization is required.

J-1Exchange ScholarFull time research/incidental study.Options are limited with prior approval from Responsible Officer (RO).
J-2Exchange Student DependentMay engage in part- or full-time study.Eligible to work - EAD required through USCIS.
B-1/B-2Visitor VisaMay not begin any ‘Course of Study’ (F/T or P/T) unless approved by USCIS.Not permitted to work.
H-1BWork VisaMay engage in incidental studyWork only with sponsoring organization
H-4H-1B DependentMay engage in full time or part time studyNot permitted to work.

Contact Information

Oluwatoyin Awoderu
Associate Director
International Student & Scholar Services
Center for Africana Studies
Henry Barnard Hall